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Sierra magazine
Survive | On Thin Ice

Seth Hawkins is an assistant professor in the wilderness emergency medical care program at Western Carolina University. His specialty is submersion injuries.

Before you get out on the ice, think in advance about what to do if it breaks. Above all, don't panic. In McHugh's case, the ice kept breaking under him partly because of his hoisting approach. It's better to move to the strongest ice, flutter kick to get your body as horizontal as possible (to distribute your body weight more evenly), and then try to roll out.

Illustration by Koren Shadmi



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